English Language

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The Community Service and Continuing Education Deanship of the King Khalid University has concluded a workshop arranged by the Deanship in coordination with Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT). The workshop was titled "English Language Teaching Difficulties" and was presented to teachers of the English Language in the Asir region. The workshop was attended by more than 30 male teachers and 25 female teachers.  

The symposium was led by FLT Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi and FLT Vice Dean, Dr. Ali Alamir. Additionally, Dr. Ismail Al Refaai, Prof. Dr. Habib Abdessalem, Dr. Eyhab Abdulrazaq Badr Eddin, and Dr. Salem bin Dawood focused on critical topics in the field. The participants of the workshop thanked the FLT for this initiative and prompted further discussion leading to a recommendation that more successful workshops be conducted. They further asserted that they are looking forward to topics concerning the educational process and the pedagogical implications of teaching in the TEFL/TESOL fields.

In the same context, the Community Service and Continuing Education Deanship, in coordination with the National Association Branch for Human Rights in Asir, arranged a lecture under the title, "Respecting Human Rights is my Responsibility." It took place in the Central Stands building and was presented by the Supervisor of the Association, Dr. Ali bin Essa Al Shoaby.

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A modern study issued by King Khalid University (KKU), and prepared by the researcher Salma Nafa Al-Salami, has revealed the ability of technology and social networks to teach the English language by improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The study aimed at determining the impact of the use of technology such as modern smartphones, computer software (electronic dictionaries), social networks (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and blogs), Skype, and YouTube, in learning English as a foreign language. The researcher used the descriptive analytical method and electronic questionnaire to collect data. She also used the statistical analysis software to analyze data (SPSS). 

97.2% of female students enjoy using technology in learning the English language

The study was applied on 36 students. The results of the study revealed that most of the students always use technology to raise the level of writing, speaking, reading and listening. Also, 97.2% of female students enjoy using technology in learning the English language, and that 94.4% of students believe that social networks and computer software have an effective impact on improving their English. Results of the study also found that some students believe that YouTube, Skype, and MP3 players have an effective impact on improving speaking and listening skills. Results of the study also revealed that programs like WhatsApp, Twitter, and blogs have contributed greatly to the improvement of the skills of communicating with others, reading, and writing among students. Moreover, most students think that the programs and applications that are used in learning the English language helped to develop their creative abilities.

reveals the impact of using technology on learning English
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A study conducted by a faculty member in King Khalid University (KKU) at the English Department of Science and Arts Faculty for Girls in Mahayel, Dr. Mona Mustafa, has revealed that the use of the Arabic language in lectures affects the students' fluency in communicating in English language. Dr. Mona also added, "Students do not have enough confidence to speak in English in public."

The study aimed to uncover the factors that have negative effects on English speaking skills in girls' colleges in the southern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study assessed and analyzed the effects of faculty members, students, curricula and textbooks, teaching methods, and the learning environment. The researcher used the descriptive analytical method to get the results that have been analyzed by statistical means. Dr. Mona also used the statistical package (SPSS) to find Pearson coefficients and used the form of a questionnaire to students, and interview for faculty members to gather information. She distributed 150 questionnaire forms to the students of the Arts and Sciences Faculties for Girls in Majardah and Mahayel. She also interviewed 10 faculty members of the two faculties.

Results of the study proved that the use of the Arabic language in lectures affects negatively, the students fluency of communicating in the English language, and the students have no confidence to speak in English in public. The study also found out that the students can not conduct a telephone conversation in English without resorting to literal translation. Dr. Mona Mustafa also added that listening and speaking curricula contain more listening exercises than speaking exercises. Added to that, faculty members do not use enough exercises to develop public speaking.

Results of the study revealed that the time given to listening exercises is larger than time granted to exercises that improve speaking skills, and language labs are not used to teach listening and speaking skills. In addition, the number of female students in the section is more than 30 students. The results revealed another reason for the students' lack of fluency in the English language, which is that they do not use CDs as a model to improve speaking skills.

The study recommended not allowing students to use the Arabic language within lectures, in contrary, students should be encouraged to speak in English. Teachers could rely on different teaching strategies such as discussing social and cultural topics and the use of seminars to develop speaking and public speaking skills of the students. The study also stressed on the use of language labs for practicing exercises that would improve speaking skills. It is also recommended, according to the study, to increase time allocated to listening and speaking exercises - to six hours instead of the three hour. Furthermore, English clubs should be activated, taking care not to increase the number of female students to more than 30 students in listening and speaking courses.

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Research Concerns

King Khalid University, represented by the Faculty of Languages and Translation organizes a national seminar titled, "The Present and Future of the English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns," from 25 to 26 / 12/1435 AH.

The seminar aims to attract researchers in the various sub- disciplines which are relevant to applied linguistics, to share their ideas, and the results of their research, and best practices in research, in addition to teaching with their peers around the Kingdom.

It also aims to increase the academic cadres' awareness of current and future trends in teaching English, in addition to handling urgent research issues in the field of Applied Linguistics at the level of theory, and application.

Those who are in charge of the seminar hope such seminars could strengthen the dissemination of knowledge related to the latest trends and publications in Applied Linguistics. Researchers and Practitioners in the field of linguistics also will be invited, in addition to related sciences, to discuss issues of common interest.

The seminar will discuss a number of issues related to language, literature, methodologies, culture, language planning, language policies, curricula of the English Language, and language education and technology.

In this regard, the Scientific Commission justified 10/24/1435 AH to be the deadline for submission of abstracts, and 11/25/1435 AH to be the deadline for delivering complete researches.

It is noteworthy that the University has determined an email, (pfesa@kku.edu.sa), so as to receive abstracts and researches. 

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